Madison Preschool’s 5-Star rating renewed
The Madison Preschool staff was recently awarded a renewed five-star quality rating through a system called Step Up To Quality. The preschool was visited by a licensing specialist who interviewed preschool teachers with regards to academic program standards, health and safety regulations and more. The five-star rating is good for three years.
Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and school age child care licensing health and safety regulations. Step Up to Quality program standards are based on national research identifying standards, which lead to improved outcomes for children.
Local school counselor named to 100+ Latinos Cleveland list
Crystal Escalera, a school counselor at Pioneer Career & Technology Center, is one of 103 Latinos named to AmMore Consulting’s second cohort of the 100+ Latinos Cleveland must know list.
Escalera says she is proud to have been selected for this recognition and credits Pioneer Career & Technology Center for being instrumental in her professional development. She has been employed there since 2007.
This initiative was created last year to elevate the profile of the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx professional community of Greater Cleveland by creating a platform for greater visibility, professional and leadership development, and civic engagement opportunities for professionals that self-identify as Hispanic, Latino or Latinx. This platform is intended to shine a positive light around Latino professionals and the Latino community in Greater Cleveland. AmMore efforts are focused on changing the narrative and expanding the awareness around who Latinos are and what are their contributions to the United States.
For more information, visit AmMore.us.
Galion Homecoming festivities kick off Thursday
GALION — Every fall, Galion High School students gear up for the annual Homecoming festivities, and this year is no exception with a full slate of activities for students, alumni and the community.
Activities begin with a Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire, starting at approximately 6:50 p.m., at the football practice fields behind Unckrich Stadium on Thursday. The Connections Weekend Career Day at the Galion Middle School will be held throughout the school day on Friday. Galion alumni will share their career experiences and insights with high school and middle school students in small, intimate group settings.
Later that evening, the 2021 Galion Homecoming king and queen will be announced prior to kickoff of the varsity football game against Lima Central Catholic. The Galion Alumni Band will perform with the Tiger Marching Band during halftime, and alumni cheerleaders will be cheering on the Tigers with the varsity cheerleading squad.
The Homecoming festivities conclude for alumni with the annual Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. This year’s class includes: Dr. Gene Bosler (Class of 1961); Martha Belle Boyd (Class of 1916, posthumously); Lupe Campo (Class of 1973); Mary Court (Class of 1961); Chet Foraker (Class of 1954); Debra A. Garverick, Esq. (Class of 1976); and Max Ness (Class of 1961). The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Galion Middle School cafetorium.
Other activities taking place during Homecoming weekend include the annual Galion Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Galion Intermediate School and the Galion Community Center YMCA 5K on the district’s campus. Both events are being held on Saturday.The Homecoming festivities will conclude for high school students with a dance Saturday in the Galion High School gymnasium.
New career coach joins Galion High School staff
GALION — Beth Hildreth is the new career coach at Galion High School for the 2021-2022 school year. She joins the Tigers family after a successful career in human resources in the healthcare and manufacturing industries.
Hildreth joins the district as part of the Succeed and Prosper through Education: Ashland, Richland Crawford (SPARC) and the Talent Development Group, which recognizes the importance of career readiness and postsecondary education for the students, economy, and overall well-being of North Central Ohio. Both SPARC and the Galion City Schools have worked to increase the number of local students who pursue advanced training, certification and postsecondary degrees with the aim of increasing the level of educational attainment and economic success of the region.
GOAL Digital Academy bids farewell to three retirees
Three staff members at GOAL Digital Academy have announced their retirement. The staff members are Kristi Hamrick, Chris Deardurff and Cheri Nolting.
Hamrick retires from GOAL after 14 years. She started her career with a long tenure at Danville, teaching for 21 years and also spent one year as a reading first tutor at Marion City Schools
Deardurff has worked over 40 years in education, including the past three-and-a-half with GOAL. Previously she taught elementary students and became highly qualified in science education.
Nolting began working at GOAL in Mansfield in 2005 after previously working with children with disabilities at Caledonia Elementary in Marion County and Fairway School in Crawford County
Double trophies for Mansfield Sailing Club skipper
Jon Varley of Bellville, with his crew Matt Buchanan and Don Bacharowski, won the 26th Annual Bare Bones Regatta at Mansfield Sailing Club on Clearfork Reservoir on Sept. 18 and 19. Kurt Andrews from Indian Lake, with his crew of Mike Mirarchi and Jim Stone, finished second. Don Schregardus from Leatherlips, with his crew of Tim Gruber and Mason Matic, placed third. There were six races over the two days for the Lightning class sailboats.
Varley was also awarded the Lightning Class Ohio District Governor’s Cup for the season. This is the first time in the history of the cup that the names of two generations of the same family are engraved on this trophy. Varley’s father, Tom, has won this trophy several times over the years.
The Mansfield Sailing Club is located near the intersection of Ohio 97 and Gass Road where boaters and visitors can enjoy the club’s docks, shelter, picnic areas and restrooms. The docks and their moorings may only be used by club members, though remaining facilities are open to the general public. For more information go to mansfieldsailingclub.com.
Trooper promoted to sergeant at the Mansfield Post
COLUMBUS — On Sept. 26, Trooper Michael D. Smith was promoted to the rank of sergeant by Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Ohio Highway Patrol superintendent. Sergeant Smith will transfer from his current assignment at the Bucyrus Post to serve as an assistant post commander at the Mansfield Post.
Sergeant Smith began his OSHP career in September 2011 as a member of the 151st Academy Class. He earned his commission in February of the following year and was assigned to the Marion Post. In 2018, he earned the Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement. He was selected as post Trooper of the Year twice and District Trooper of the Year in 2020. He also earned the Criminal Patrol Award twice.